Volunteering in Denmark

Julin really enjoys working as a volunteer in a second-hand shop. It gives her opportunity to improve her Danish by chatting with colleagues and customers.

Although she doesn’t earn any money by doing it, Julin really enjoys volunteering in a second-hand shop. It gives her opportunity to improve her Danish by chatting with colleagues and customers.

In the future, Julin hopes to work in a furniture shop – but first she has to complete her Danish Language Course 2.

My colleagues help me with speaking Danish ... . It’s really heart-warming that they want to help me speak and understand Danish.

Volunteering in denmark

Volunteering work

“I’ve worked here as a volunteer for six months. I walked into the shop one day and asked if they needed a volunteer.

I was only in Module 3 of DU 2, and I only spoke a little Danish, but the staff in the shop were really nice.

They said that I could volunteer there. Now I work at the Red Barnet (Save the Children Denmark) second-hand shop every Tuesday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

My colleagues help me with speaking Danish. If I don’t understand what they say, they use Google Translate on their mobile phones.

It’s really heart-warming that they want to help me speak and understand Danish. We talk about everything. They like talking about their families and their holidays. It’s really nice."

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Danish at the workplace

"Anni is one of my close colleagues. She’s been a volunteer at the second-hand shop for ten years, and she also has a job as a nurse. 

In Shanghai, I worked as an accountant in a large clothing company, so I also help with the shop’s accounts. When I’m at work, I’m the one who counts the till. 

I like selling clothes and talking with customers. I learn a lot of Danish and many new words.

There are two types of customers. Some customers don’t speak at all – they come into the store, choose some clothes, pay and then leave.

Other customers browse around in the shop and look at clothes for a long time. They have plenty of time and they like talking."

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Julin's dream

"I would like to work more in the shop, but I also have to tend to my studies. Even if I get another job, I would still like to continue as a volunteer in the second-hand shop.

In the future, I dream of working as an accountant, but I have to get better at speaking Danish first. I think that I will have to get really good at Danish in order to succeed.

But I would also like to sell clothes or furniture. I think it would be exciting to work at IDEmøbler. If I can sell children’s clothing, then I can also sell furniture!”

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